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Tung-Hui Hu

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Tung-Hui Hu

Tung-Hui Hu is the author of Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press, 2013). He teaches at the University of Michigan and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

by this poet

They chew on flowers to bring color
back to their faces. Inside the rows of
bougainvillea they eat the purple and the
ochre that climb up the walls, and I want
to say I too know the solitude that divides
blood into bright cell and plasma
that leaves a fluid pale as the eye of a partridge.
I too know no cure for

           If they don’t see happiness in the picture at least
           they’ll see the black. —Chris Marker

A magnolia tree in full bloom, X- 
            rayed by a streetlamp,
pressed against the windowpane
            like someone hopped onto the glass
of the